Philippine malls set up safety measures vs coronavirus

SAFETY MEASURE. A shopping mall in Cagayan de Oro welcomes mall goers with hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol to use as a precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo from SM CDO Downtown Premier

SAFETY MEASURE. A shopping mall in Cagayan de Oro welcomes mall goers with hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol to use as a precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Photo from SM CDO Downtown Premier

MANILA, Philippines – Several malls in the Philippines have put in place measures to protect the public, after health officials confirmed a spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, in the country.

In a public service advisory on Tuesday, March 10, SM Supermalls assured its customers, tenants, and employees that it prioritizes their safety. (READ: Traveling soon? Here's how you can protect yourself from coronavirus)

SM Supermalls is observing the following measures against the spread of COVID-19:

Following precautionary measures prescribed by the Department of Health, Ayala Malls is conducting hourly disinfection and sanitation on all their high-touch surfaces and restrooms. Temperature checks are also being done at mall entrances.

Robinsons Malls, meanwhile, has assigned sanitation teams to keep clean all public points such as mall entrances, escalators, elevators, railings, toilets, mall directories, and door handles. Like the other malls, There are also temperature checks at all mall entrances.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE. An employee of Robinsons Malls sanitizes the railing as a preventive measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Screenshot from Robinsons Malls video

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE. An employee of Robinsons Malls sanitizes the railing as a preventive measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Screenshot from Robinsons Malls video

As advised by the DOH, those who develop any symptoms – including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing – should contact local health care providers as soon as possible. – Rappler.com